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After weeks of scrutiny, Record Exchange staffers have completed their 2013 Top 10 lists, and leading up to Christmas we're posting individual lists here on the website. You can also visit the store to view all the lists in realtime and shop our special '13 Staff Picks display. Let the judgment begin!

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Okay, here it is: the Record Store Day exclusives list. Over 400 limited-edition CDs, vinyl LPs, 7-inches and more available Saturday, April 19 at The Record Exchange. Follow the link to peruse the list and read about Record Exchange RSD events!

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The Record Exchange is a proud partner with Boise's Payette Brewing Company! Enjoy Payette Brewing Company beer (and for free!) at Record Exchange events such as Record Store Day, the annual holiday Bonus Club Sale and our singer-songwriter Birthday Bash celebrations!

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1. ULTIMATE ALTERNATIVE WAVERS
Built to Spill
2. HALF THE CITY
St. Paul and the Broken Bones
3. THE SPACE PROJECT
Various Artists
4. TIME TRAVELERS AND BONFIRES
Sevendust
5. DEMOLICIOUS
Green Day
6. BECAUSE THE INTERNET
Childish Gambino
7. THE DEVIL LOVES YOU
aka Belle
8. DO TO THE BEAST
Afghan Whigs
9. DOTTED LINE
Nickel Creek
10. MEMPHIS GREASE
John Nemeth

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The Record Exchange is proud to be part of Radio Boise's KRBX Card program! Present your card on Sunday and New Release Tuesday (6-9 p.m.) and get 20% off all gift shop items and 20% off used CDs, vinyl, DVD, Blu-ray and cassettes!

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September 14th, 2012

$9.99 SUB POP BACK TO SCHOOL SALE; POST A PHOTO OF OUR DISPLAY AND HELP US SCORE A GLOW-IN-THE-DARK BEACH HOUSE LP TO GIVE AWAY!

To celebrate the start of the new school year, we are teaming up with Sub Pop this September to offer you hearty discounts and opportunities to win rare Sub Pop treats!

Select Sub Pop CDs (see list below) are on sale for $9.99 all month, and one lucky customer will win a prize pack featuring a variety of rare and out-of-print Sub Pop items, including 7-inches from Beach House, Dum Dum Girls, Still Corners (flexi-disc) and The Vaselines!

Now here’s the really cool part, but we need your help. Using the tag #BeachHouseGLOW, tweet/instagram a picture of your favorite Sub Pop title from the sale display and you will get a shot at winning a way out-of-print, be-the-envy-of-all-your-friends Beach House Bloom LP on glow in the dark vinyl! (There are only 250 copies on the planet. We didn’t do well at math, but we are pretty sure that some sort of “supply” and “demand” thing makes this record rare or something.)

The ten stores with the most pictures (remember, you must use the hashtag and tag The Record Exchange!) will win the glow in the dark vinyl to be given away at their store. Photos must be posted before Monday, Sept. 17!

$9.99 Sub Pop Back to School Sale titles:

Beach House – Bloom
Beach House – Teen Dream
The Helio Sequence – Negotiations
The Head and the Heart – The Head and the Heart
Poor Moon – Poor Moon
Father John Misty – Fear Fun
King Tuff – King Tuff
THEESatisfaction – Awe Naturale
Niki and the Dove – Instinct

March 7th, 2012

MEMORYHOUSE (SUB POP) IN-STORE THURSDAY, MARCH 8 (5PM); ALL AGES!

Memoryhouse will perform live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise) at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 8. As always, this Record Exchange in-store performance is free and all ages. Memoryhouse is opening for Cloud Nothings at Neurolux later that night and we have tickets for sale at the store!

ABOUT MEMORYHOUSE

Memoryhouse formed some five years ago in the depths of Southern Ontario, Canada, in a mid-size town called Guelph as a collaborative project meant to serve as an artistic outlet for composer Evan Abeele and photographer Denise Nouvion. Evan, a dedicated student of classical music and a pop-music encyclopedist, intended Memoryhouse to be a multimedia art project, pairing his instrumental compositions with Denise’s photographs and short films. Testing ways to blur the boundaries between genres, to weave a synthesis of music and photography, they experimented with themes, lyrics and multiple layers of instrumentation. Nouvion’s soft, ethereal voice anchored the frozen textures of Abeele’s compositions with frank sentimentality—a unique approach towards humanizing the electro-pop compositions they were creating. The results, at once timeless and new, were impressive and in September 2011 Sub Pop released a fully re-recorded, remixed and remastered version of the band’s 2010 self-released, digital-only EP, The Years.

The new album is called The Slideshow Effect, and its title speaks to what hasn’t changed for Memoryhouse: their continuing interest in the synthesis of the aural and the visual. It refers to the photographic/cinematic technique of zooming and panning to animate still images, often used in documentary film making to give movement to archival photographs. The 10-track album, produced by Abeele, with assistance from friend, collaborator, and occasional Memoryhouse bassist Barzin Hassani Rad, finds Memoryhouse heading toward a new clarity in composition as well as sound; a more organic direction for artists who are, in their own words, transitioning from a “bedroom recording project” into a fully realized band. Nouvion’s voice has never been more present than on the new album, which finds her stepping away from Memoryhouse’s past reverbed sound in favor of a more upfront, and intimate vocal approach. They half-seriously refer to their new sound as “Taylor Swift with Built to Spill as her backing band.” However The Slideshow Effect might be described, we fully-seriously love it.

November 23rd, 2011

SUB POP TOPS BLACK FRIDAY FLASH SALE: $9.99 CDs FROM WASHED OUT, FLEET FOXES, THE HEAD & THE HEART!

The Record Exchange has had a long-time crush on Sub Pop, so naturally we were blushing with excitement when we heard about the Sub Pop Tops Black Friday Flash Sale.

The RX is teaming with Sub Pop to give you special $9.99 Black Friday weekend (the whole weekend, not just Friday) sale prices on the following top-selling Sub Pop 2011 CDs:

Washed OutWithin and Without
Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues
The Head and the HeartThe Head and the Heart

October 6th, 2011

IT’S ALL FUN AND GAMES WHEN YOU’RE NAKED AND CHILLWAVING, BUT FAST FORWARD 18 MONTHS AND THE NAKED AND CHUBBY BYPRODUCT OF YOUR LOVE IS SPELUNKING IN YOUR TOILET

April 26th, 2011

SUB POP DAY AT RECORD EXCHANGE: THE HEAD AND THE HEART IN-STORE, FLEET FOXES LISTENING PARTY MAY 3

Tuesday, May 3, is Sub Pop Day at The Record Exchange, and we’ll have special sales and a couple of amazing events to celebrate this fine day:

The Head and the Heart in-store (6 p.m.). These Seattle favorites were recently signed to Sub Pop, which re-released the band’s self-titled album on CD and vinyl for Record Store Day. Customers who purchase The Head and the Heart during the in-store will receive a 24-page tour photo scrapbook free with purchase. (See below for more info on The Head and the Heart.)

Fleet Foxes listening party (5 p.m.). Fleet Foxes’ highly-anticipated new album Helplessness Blues comes out on May 3, and we’ll be playing the album on the store hi-fi prior to The Head and the Heart’s performance. We’ll also have a limited-edition silkscreen poster (pictured) to give away with purchase of Helplessness Blues (while supplies last).

The first 25 people to get to the RX for the listening party will be entered to win a nifty Sub Pop prize pack that includes an ultra-limited (100 copies worldwide) white vinyl LP pressing of Helplessness Blues. When you arrive at the store for the listening party, come to the counter and ask for a number. We’ll draw the winning number following The Head and the Heart’s set (you must be present to win).

ABOUT THE HEAD AND THE HEART

So many decisions in life and in the music we love can come down to a critical tug between the logic in our heads and the hot red blood beating through our hearts. Seattle’s The Head and the Heart live authentically in that crux, finding joy and beauty wedged there. Their music pulses effervescently — both explosively danceable and intuitively intelligent. With Americana roots and strong vocal harmonics that swell like a river, this band finds its anchor in solid songwriting that has even the jaded humming along by the second listen.

Leaving a variety of day jobs and academic pursuits, The Head and the Heart came together in the summer of 2009, during frequent visits to the open mic night at Conor Byrne in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. California-transplant Josiah Johnson and Virginia-native Jonathan Russell formed the core songwriting partnership, quickly adding keyboardist Kenny Hensley to the mix. Kenny, then 21, had packed up his piano and moved up to Seattle from California to pursue musical score-writing. The luminous Charity Rose Thielen, violin and vocals, had just returned from a year of studying and playing music in Paris. Drummer Tyler Williams cold left a successful band in Virginia after Jon sent him the demo of “Down in the Valley,” relocating across states to be a part of this. Finally, Chris Zasche, was bartending at Conor Byrne and mentioned one day that he’d be happy to play bass for the nascent band. It all felt right: The Head and the Heart was born.

Whether penning songs on the beach at Seattle’s Discovery Park, or working out melodies in the piano practice rooms at the Seattle Public Library, Charity describes the early months of the band’s existence as touched by a shared purpose and connection. She recalls an email she sent to Josiah that summer, confessing that she was “sleepless and penniless, but inspired nonetheless.”

The band entered Seattle’s Studio Litho in early 2010 to record these songs that had been kicking and twisting in the catalytic development of their live show. Recorded by Shawn Simmons at Studio Litho and Steven Aguilar at Bearhead Studio, the band was selling burned copies in handmade denim sleeves at local shows within a few weeks. Self-released in June 2010, the debut album helped build an impressive head-of-steam for the band through the second half of the year, gaining fans at influential Seattle station KEXP, local record shops (a consistent top 10 seller for Easy Street and the #1 album of 2010 at Sonic Boom), and venues up and down the West Coast, culminating with signing to Sub Pop Records in November. For the 2011 re-release of the album, “Sounds like Hallelujah” has been re-recorded, live favorite “Rivers and Roads” has been added, and the album has been re-mastered.

The songs resulting from those first inspired months pick at the multicolored threads of leaving home, finding home, and through that process of deconstruction, finding yourself. These are songs about crossing rivers and roads to get to the one you love, about family far away, and the desire to chase Technicolor dreams down foreign horizons. When people hear these songs, or see the band live, the first thing they have to do is tell someone else. Their shows are, simply, one hell of a lot of breathless fun. Each song explodes into a potent supernova on stage, where half the audience is zealously singing along with every lyric, and the other half is wishing they knew the words. The band has accepted nearly every show offered to them in the past year, from backyards strung with Christmas lights to coffee shops, open mics, and even high school classrooms in Middle America. From the first months of the band’s life, their reputation as a phenomenal live band has preceded them wherever they play.

The strength of Josiah, Jon and Charity’s vocal harmonies on the album makes it feel like these three were born to pour their voices together, as the band’s songs revel in jaunty bass lines with ebullient handclaps peppering the best moments. A palette of orchestral elements weave their way through the album, including cello, glockenspiel, and violin, all shading in the songs’ development. For all the times your toes tap while enjoying this band, often the lightness will deceptively belie the depth of ache in the lyrics when you sit down to really listen. There is magic in the music, but not magic contrived by trickery or posturing. “It seems actually that the more genuine and honest we are in the songwriting and performing, the more people relate to that transparency,” Charity muses.

This is an album for people who unabashedly sing and drum along on the steering wheel, and also for those who appreciate a well-crafted collection of songs that build into something wholly beautiful.

There is in this music a counter-cultural optimism, with roots that grow deep and melodies that lodge themselves far into that place inside you where the head meets the heart.